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Dallas Stars will be the NHL’s most traveled team in 2012-13

Jun 22, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

Jamie Benn, Adam Burish AP

You might assume that the Winnipeg Jets would have the harshest road schedule in the league given that they will once again play in the same division as the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning. However, the Dallas Morning news reports that the Dallas Stars will actually lead the league in air miles.

The Stars, a Pacific Division team that’s based out of northern Texas, will travel a total of 49,851 miles over the course of the 2012-13 campaign, based on the newly released schedule.

That’s pretty harsh and it will probably be brought up when the NHL reopens the issue of realignment. Had the original realignment plan been approved by the NHLPA, the Dallas Stars would be playing in Conference B with Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, and Winnipeg. That would have probably been preferable to the Stars from a travel perspective, but it would have also been an extremely tough conference to make the playoffs in.

  1. fosstheboss42 - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    And there not in a hard conference right now?!?!?

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      Every conference would be tough under the new realignment. And who cares if it’s tough? Only the best should make it to the playoffs anyway.

  2. drez146 - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:48 AM


  3. kingfooj - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    tough conferences/divisions create underestimated sleepers that go deep come playoff time, ex: NEW JERSEY

  4. quizguy66 - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Mike Florio is very good about taking the media to task when they don’t credit sources. That Dallas Morning News seems to have gotten that info very fast. The site below has been doing the mileage charts for the last 5 years pretty much immediately after they are announced and had the exact same mileage the DMN cited:

    FWIW, they updated it to add a Christmas stopover trip, thus Dallas’ mileage increased. I originally cited this site in a comment in another PHT article (and cited the then 49,851-mile total).

    This dude puts a lot into getting that number out there and if the Dallas Morning News really just ripped it from his site without crediting him, bad on them. I have no affiliation with their site at all. Just think they should be credited properly. The link I gave also has mileagae for all teams if PHT want to give them a shout out :)


  5. dbara43 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Hard to see the Stars surviving much longer without a regional rival. Attendance is in the tank and the closest team is what, St. Louis? The NHL should have gone to Houston instead of Atlanta in the last expansion.

    Houston, Seattle, Quebec, Kansas City, maybe Toronto or Hamilton instead of Greensboro, Columbus, Nashville, Tampa, Miami, Glendale, Newark, Long Island. Makes more sense and travel would be way better.

  6. quizguy66 - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Greensboro? LOL


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